BART workers on strike showed up to their 4 a.m. shift on Friday, October 18, and took to the street in front of Lake Merritt BART station to picket. Unions and BART management made progress during this week’s negotiations on pay, pensions and health benefits, but work rules and conditions remained a sticking point. The Bay Area had been watching the negotiations all week with a sense of foreboding after BART unions gave notice they could strike as early as Sunday night, October 13.  (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)


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Early morning commuters board BART charter buses in El Cerrito for their commute to San Francisco. (Isabel Angell / KQED)


Before the sun had fully risen commuters in Vallejo lined up for the ferry to San Francisco. (Jennifer Louie / KQED)


There was heavy traffic on the West Grand on-ramp to the Bay Bridge. KQED staff report that despite signs indicating an HOV lane, there were numerous cars in the lane with fewer than the three required passengers. (Lisa Aliferis / KQED)


Commuters lined up at the Transbay Terminal in San Francisco for AC Transit buses heading to the East Bay. AC Transit union workers had planned to strike on Thursday, but Gov. Brown stepped in to initiate what is likely to be a 60-day cooling-off period. (Molly Samuel / KQED)


For those not commuting over the Bay Bridge Friday morning, the commute was calmer. Cyclists waited to cross Stanyan Street leaving Golden Gate Park headed towards downtown. As the morning fog lifts, there’s no sense that this commute is any different from other days. (Katrina Schwartz / KQED)


Wild turkeys are part and parcel of daily life in the city of Berkeley. Sometimes the birds come in pairs, sometimes in large flocks — rarely alone. And, it seems, there is nowhere they will not deign to roam, including the doors of City Hall. (Catherine Ference / Berkeleyside)


Environmental activists joined Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin Tuesday, October 15, to protest the opening of Chevron’s civil trial against dozens of Ecuadorians. Activists held pictures of Ecuadorian villagers who were involved in a $18 billion lawsuit against the oil company for pollution in the Amazon rain forest. Chevron is now countersuing 47 of the Ecuadorian plaintiffs, claiming that the Ecuadorians’ lawyers committed fraud and extortion during the trial. (Sally Schilling / Richmond Confidential)


The Loma Prieta Earthquake 24 years ago demonstrated that the city’s water system is aging. Now, San Francisco is three years into building a 5-mile-long, 15-foot-wide tunnel 100 feet beneath the bay in order to update that system. For the anniversary of the earthquake Thursday, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission invited media to have a look inside. (Molly Samuel / KQED)




News Pix: BART Strikes Again, Wild Turkeys in Berkeley and Richmond Protest Against Chevron 28 April,2014Katrina Schwartz



Katrina Schwartz

Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported on air and online for KQED since 2010. She's a staff writer for KQED's education blog MindShift.

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